Frontlines of Humanitarian Crises – Part2

The MBA Program at GLOBIS University held a Special LUNCH TIME Professional Seminar on Monday, May 28. The guest speaker was Mr. Peter Bouckaert, Director, Emergencies, Human Rights Watch, a leading independent organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights globally.

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Title: Special LUNCH TIME Professional Seminar: "World Speaks Out: Looking at Today's World from the Frontlines of Humanitarian Crises"
Speaker: Mr. Peter Bouckaert, Director, Emergencies, Human Rights Watch
Time and Date: 12:00-13:30, Monday, May 28, 2012
Venue: GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan
Language: English


Seminar Description:
Peter Bouckaert is the director and founder of Human Rights Watch's Emergencies Division, which specializes in responding immediately to major wars and other human rights crises around the globe, and informs the world what really is happening on the ground.

Danger always awaits him at scenes of human rights crises. It is critical to immediately understand the situation on the ground, make prompt judgments, and act swiftly. Mr. Bouckaert has worked at the forefront of humanitarian crises in countries such as Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kosovo, Chechnya, Lebanon, Uganda and Sierra Leone, and sent a number of breaking news stories that have shaped international opinion. How does he view the world today based on his depth of experiences from the field? Mr. Bouckeart also shared his view on the role of Japan in the current global arena.

About Human Rights Watch:
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Mission Statement:
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.


Speaker

Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch's emergencies director and an expert in humanitarian crises, is responsible for coordinating the organization's response to major wars and other human rights crises.
A Belgian-born Stanford Law School graduate, specializing in the laws of war, Bouckaert is a veteran of fact-finding missions to Lebanon, Kosovo, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Macedonia, Indonesia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and many other war zones. Mr. Bouckaert's most recent assignments included investigating the September 28, 2009 stadium massacre and rapes in Guinea, the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah conflict, and the 2005 massacre of hundreds of protesters in Andijan, Uzbekistan. He has testified about war crimes before the United States Senate, the Council of Europe, and at the Yugoslav Tribunal (ICTY) in the Hague, and has written opinion pieces for papers around the world. His work has been profiled in Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Stanford Lawyer, and The Santa Barbara Independent Newspaper.

Spaeker

Kanae Doi, Japan Director, works to encourage the Japanese Government to prioritize human rights in its foreign policy and practices. She also works on media outreach and the development of Human Rights Watch's profile in Japan.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 2006, she worked as a practicing attorney, based in Tokyo. Her practice included refugee law, immigration law, constitutional law and criminal defense, and she frequently gave media interviews and published on these issues in the Japanese press from the perspective of international human rights law. Doi received her law degree from the University of Tokyo and her Master's degree in the International Studies from the New York University School of Law. She speaks English and Japanese

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